September 27, 2016

Tenkara Angler Magazine: Fall 2016

Welcome to Tenkara Tuesday...

Today I'm pleased to announce the Fall 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine has hit the virtual newsstands!

The cast of contributors is once again very deep in quality and quantity. Tenkara Angler staples such as Anthony Naples, Chris Stewart, John Vetterli, and Isaac Tait are framed by newcomers such as Adam Rieger, Christopher Seep, John Mosovsky, and George Roberts. Nineteen different authors and artists are to thank for this issue, and I cannot possibly thank them enough!

This also was one of the most challenging issues to edit to date. There was not only so much good written content to proof-read, but several charts & diagrams were submitted to accompany those words. I had no idea making them "fit" was going to be such a task. In the end, it yielded over 100 pages of community-sourced photos, essays, articles, and technique tips. I hope you pardon a random typo or two, my eyes were absolutely shot at the end of the process.

The Fall 2016 issue of Tenkara Angler magazine can be found for free online consumption via Issuu HERE, or for those of you that prefer something in-hand, for physical purchase HERE.

September 23, 2016

The New Yorker's Profile of Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia. (The brand, not the land).

Say what you will about it, (I know I have), but the backstory of the man behind the brand, Yvon Chouinard, is a pretty interesting one. For many of you, it's not a new tale, but when my father-in-law emailed me a copy of the following profile from The New Yorker titled "Patagonia's Philosopher-King," I was totally captivated for the ten or so minutes it took to consume.

Perhaps it's because I work in retail. Perhaps it's because I admire people who effect change. Perhaps it's just because he's an interesting, albeit somewhat unassuming character, which may or may not actually be true. Perhaps it's just author Nick Paumgarten's way with words. Perhaps I'm just drinking a tall glass of Fitz Roy-flavored Kool-Aid. 

I don't know. After reading it, all I want to do is get outdoors, fish my tenkara rod, and go save the Earth, not necessarily in that order.

September 21, 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One - It's Almost Time

Disclaimer: This is a non-fishing post. I do these from time to time, so deal with it.

I recently realized that I never really addressed the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One here on the blog, despite writing several posts over the last year about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While my opinion is no where near critical to your enjoyment or build up of anticipation for the release, I figured I'd at least chime in because we're now less than three months away from the premiere.

I'm pretty psyched for the film, the first in what appears to be several "stand-alone" entries into the Star Wars universe. For various reasons, it seems that there is a small, but vocal faction of Star Wars faithful that don't share my enthusiasm, citing the over the top Hollywood visuals and polish, a Director that might just be in over his head, the emergence of black-armored death troopers that seemingly solely exist to sell merchandise, and the amount of information that has been tactfully leaked to the press in advance.

Look, I guess it is what it is, it might not be George Lucas' pre-CGI Star Wars anymore, but different doesn't have to be bad. After all, Star Wars is an outer-space fairy tale. It's entertainment. It's never going to be confused for an Oscar-nominated "Best Picture" candidate, and it's definitely to the point where the story lines are being catered toward the masses, not necessarily crafted for die-hards that long for the "Expanded Universe" to be reinserted into canon. It's a little more evolved than a standard "popcorn movie," but not by terribly much. (With the exception of Empire, the first ones weren't either, most of us were just too young to know the difference).

So bring on Jyn Erso and all of the other characters whose names I really haven't taken the time to learn yet. Bring on the media blitz, and the fatigue from overexposure that comes along for the ride. Bring on the merchandise; yes, I've already pre-ordered a horribly-sculpted action figure for Lilly to play with, and really think those beach-loving stormtroopers and that blind space-ninja guy are rad. Heck, bring on Forest Whitaker, just because you can. Bring it all on, because with 32 years between Return of the Jedi & The Force Awakens (I don't count those damn prequels), the Star Wars franchise has a lot of lost time to make up for, and there's no time like the present. 

Oh, and did I mention bring on Darth Vader too?

December 16th, 2016, let's do this!

September 19, 2016

Six Waters Co. Fishing Apparel

I like gear, you like gear, we all like gear.

In reviewing the world of Instagram the other day, I stumbled across Six Waters, a relative new entry to the fishing apparel scene. Their stuff is pretty cool.

So who is Six Waters? Well, their website explains that it's the dynamic duo of Dave Blackhurst & Sam Parkinson, "...just a couple of Utah dudes with a passion (ok maybe an addiction) for Fly Fishing and the Outdoors."

Being friendly with Dave from some other online endeavors, I popped him a quick note to get a little more backstory on who they are, what they're up to, and what their plans might be for Six Waters.

We wanted to give another spin on the lifestyle fishing apparel world. We know we are a small fish in a very big river but we love what we do. Sam and I have been fly fishing together for 20 years and thought it was time to get in the industry a bit more.

Sam and I come up with a bunch of great ideas and then I will head to the computer and start designing. I have been a graphic design for 20 years and I love what I do. Sam is such an awesome photographer and Instagram guru that we thought our designs and marketing team could get the word out about the new company.

We loving living in Utah with our families and any chance we can to get out and fish. We both love every aspect of fly fishing from Tenkara to getting out in the middle of the night with a mouse pattern.

So far our best selling item has been the "trout" shirt and hat. This simple design has been great for us. We are looking to release much more designs in the coming days. Eventually, we would like to get much more feedback from everyone on Instagram on the designs we want to release. We are also looking forward to doing collaboration work with other fly fishing companies to get some more awesome t-shirt designs.

So there you go. Just two regular guys like you and me giving fly fishing apparel a shot. Did they hook you? I think they're going to get me to bite at the Roadtrip tee...

September 18, 2016

New Clothes Don't Fit Quite Right

Have been playing around with some new blog templates over the past 24 hours. I was just tired of looking at the same old thing for a so long. Now, Blogger itself doesn't have a ton of template options, but there are a lot of others out there to be had if you know where to look...

I kinda came to a stopping point with this one for the time being. Sunk far too much of a Saturday into fiddling with this setting or that setting trying to make this "responsive" template look generally good on both desktop & mobile. Not really sure I like it, but meh, I'll leave it around for a little bit, see how everything works and whatnot. I can always change it back. 

The one thing I do like is that you can see animated GIFs from the preview page. I mean those possibilities could be endless...

September 16, 2016

Under Construction

Playing around a bit with the blog, so don't be surprised to see it all messed up for a few days...

Will either go with the new look, or scrap it and revert to the tried & true.  We'll see...

September 6, 2016

Tenkara Tuesday - The Upcoming 2016 Tenkara Jam

I'm fairly certain that everybody that reads my blog and has an interest in tenkara is well aware of what's going on this October 15 & 16 in Cherokee, NC; but in case you aren't, it's time do my part and spread the word.

In short, there have been Summits, Fests, Series, and Schools in the past, and not to diminish them in any way, but I don't think there's ever been quite as much tenkara under one roof as there will be at the 2016 Tenkara Jam.

First off, the lineup of speakers is ridiculously deep: Tom Sadler, Chris Stewart, Rob Worthing, Jason Sparks, Anthony Naples, Dan Dutton, Luong Tam, ERiK Ostrander, Jason Klass, and Daniel Galhardo. Wow, talk about a "who's-who" of the American Tenkaraverse.

Next, if you're interested in doing a little gear testing or shopping, I don't think you'll find more tenkara gear anywhere (including Japan). Tenkara USA, Tenkara Bum, Badger Tenkara, Tenkara Tanuki, Three Rivers Tenkara, Tenkara Rod Co., Riverworks Tenkara, Zen Tenkara, Streamside Furled Leaders, Zimmerbuilt, and Hunter Banks Fly Fishing will all be in the house. Ever want to wiggle that rod you've seen online before buying it, this is your chance!

And last but not least, representatives from many tenkara-friendly companies, organizations, and media outlets will also be in attendance. Boone Bar, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Trout Unlimited, Project Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, NCWRC, Southern Trout magazine, Fly Life Magazine, and even I'll be there promoting & reporting for my other online project, Tenkara Angler magazine. all that?

I'm sure I've forgotten a few (and for that I do apologize), but man, there's a lot that's going on. The schedule is so jam-packed (see what I did there...) I don't even know when we're all going to find time to fish all of the nearby waters of the Smokies! 

Fished this water in the rain in 2012, would love to go back again this year...

In any event, if you like tenkara, you gotta be at the 2016 Tenkara Jam. You've got a month to figure it out. If you're curious about tenkara, this is the perfect thing to learn a little bit more. Heck, even if you hate the idea of tenkara, swing on by, maybe we'll change your mind. Probably not, but at least you'll see we're not just cane pole fishin'...not that there's anything wrong with that. Kudos to Jason Sparks and everyone else involved with pulling this event together.

For more details on the 2016 Tenkara Jam, including a full schedule, list of presenters, and online registration, visit the official website HERE. While you're at it, also check out the Appalachian Tenkara Anglers Facebook page more more real-time info in the days between now and the event.

September 5, 2016

Exploring Florida: Bass Pro Shops Stick Marsh Outpost

Spent last night in the land of the Mouse and had good intentions of writing a blog post from the hotel room, but the damn Wifi was absolutely crawling at a snail's pace.

So instead, here are 3 pictures of one of the nearest Bass Pro Shops to my house. They just happened to be on my phone from when we went in July and were easy to upload via the Blogger app. Does your local BPS have pens out front with alligators and hogs? I thought that was very Florida...

September 4, 2016

Tenkara Guides LLC Pack It Out Challenge

Some great stuff going on out there on the internet...

The latest angler call-to-action comes from the Tenkara Guides, challenging all of us to "hit your local streams, pack out the trash and win a big prize."

They've set up a Facebook page HERE for you to post your photo/video proof, and there's a huge prize package waiting for the winner valued at over $1000. Contest runs the entire month of September.

Worth checking out, and if so inclined, worth sharing on your social media as well.

September 3, 2016

Stealing The Photo Bin

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so I've heard.

If that's the case, I hope Mike over at Mike's Gone Fishin'....Again doesn't mind my blatant theft of his Photo Bin concept. See, I've been up to a lot lately (like dodging Hurricane Hermine), but fishing hasn't really been one of the activities. That said, you might notice a bit of a sports theme below...

The last weekend of July was spent in Atlanta.
It was a timely visit, which included a stroll through Centennial Park
a few days prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics...

The aquarium was amazing. Had never seen a whale shark in person before...

Also took in a Phillies win versus the Braves.
Was nice to see Ryan Howard in person one last time.
He's not the slugger he once was, but he'll always be one of my favorite Phillies.

Checked out some local roller derby action.
Jacksonville took down Detroit in this particular bout in a tune up for WFTDA playoffs.
Say what you will about roller derby, but when played at the highest levels, it's a ton of fun to watch.

There was an NBA playoffs pool at my office this year.
I ended up winning thanks to the Cavaliers, and the prize was a jersey of my choice.
Pretty psyched about the Ben Simmons era in Philadelphia.

There's a place by the house called Maple Street Biscuit Company.
It's one of those "farm to table" type places that are trendy these days.
Food is good, and these cinnamon dessert biscuits are amazing.
Don't be jealous.

Lilly & I had a Daddy/Daughter night last weekend, and we spent it at NXT wrestling.
It was her first wrestling match, and she seemed to like the theatrics, both in and outside the ring.
For what it's worth, it was a pretty good card if you're into that kinda stuff.